If I'm honest, I'll admit that growing up, my Christmas was about 98% Santa and about 2% Nativity.
Make that 99%, 1%.
Between chocolate-filled advent calendars, the latest Toys R Us ads, and wish-lists longer than our fridge, I didn't have much leftover room in my heart or mind for Christ. In fact, the only thoughts I gave Him were selfish/irritated ones that I was born on December 22nd, and wondered why He and I had to share our birthdays so close together.
On Christmas Eve, the classic book we read from was "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and not the chapter of Luke.
The last thing I was thinking about on Christmas morning was a baby in a manger.
This may very well be the first year I'm learning to re-orient my mind.
If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, perhaps I can extend an invitation.
I will be speaking at Lake Sawyer Christian Church this upcoming Friday, December 4th. They have an annual Womens Christmas gathering, and I was honored to be asked to be a part of it this year! A fabulous dinner is included, plus carols and cheesecake.
Most importantly, I'm looking forward to going because this year, I want to have a fresh outlook on this season that we are all so familiar with. I want to see things a little differently than I have in years past. I'm looking for a different kind of joy. Perhaps, together, we can find a new perspective with which to navigate this busy month.
Doors open at 6:15 pm. The theme is "A Gift Worth Giving." Hope to see you there!